Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and denominations. They’re moms and dads, college students and working professionals, retirees and other compassionate adults who support Young Life’s Mission Statement and who want God’s best for kids. The diversity of our volunteers helps us to reach all kinds of kids in all kinds of places.
Young Life’s main volunteer opportunities are listed below:
Members of a Young Life committee are adults who are committed to providing every kid in their community the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ in terms they can understand. Committee members pray for Young Life, promote the ministry in the community, care for the local staff and volunteer leaders, as well as ensure the financial health of the ministry.
As a committee member, you can do things such as help organize a golf tournament, coordinate a fund-raising strategy, host a casual dinner for the volunteer leaders or pray for kids in the area. Many committees also have sub-committees that target particular areas. If you live in a place where Young Life does not exist, committee members are part of the process to get ministry started in a new place.
Volunteer leaders are absolutely vital to the mission of Young Life. It is their involvement that allows lives to be changed. Young Life volunteer leaders participate in a full range of activities that help them build these significant relationships with kids.
Volunteer leaders, who ascribe to our Statement of Faith, are trained by Young Life staff — who are specialists in youth ministry — to make the safety of kids a priority. By keeping kids safe, volunteer leaders build trust not only with kids, but also with other people in the community.
As a volunteer leader for any of Young Life’s ministries, you make an eternal difference. When you’re a leader, you’re also joining a community of dynamic staff, leaders and committee. It’s not uncommon for leaders to say that they get more out of being a leader than what they give.
In fact, a desire to give back motivates many college students to become volunteer leaders and minister to middle school and high school kids. If you're a college student interested in being involved in Young Life in this way, use the Locator to contact the Young Life office near you.
- For WyldLife: In WyldLife — our ministry to middle school kids — parents can be a tremendous help to the staff and volunteer leaders by serving on (or starting) a Parent Support Team. This team of adults helps organize, publicize and chaperone WyldLife events. In WyldLife, adults are also needed to mentor high school-age volunteer leaders who are ministering to the middle school kids.
- At Young Life Camps: Many adults are introduced to Young Life when they visit a camp. Adult guest hosts are needed to host small groups of these adults who are new to Young Life and/or the camp experience. Doctors and nurses are also needed during the summer at camps.
At the Service Center
Do you wish to make a difference by using your administrative skills in a volunteer capacity? If so, then consider serving "behind the scenes" at the Young Life Service Center.
We need people to work side by side with us to more effectively support our field staff who are reaching nearly one million kids each year. Please visit the Service Center opportunities page for more information.
Find Out More
There are likely other ways that you could volunteer for Young Life. You can find more about the opportunities listed above, as well as other possibilities by using the Locator to contact the Young Life office near where you are interested in volunteering.
If you are particularly interested in volunteering in a country outside of the United States, you may contact the International Operations office directly for more information.